ORMOC CITY – The Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay (RCOB), in cooperation with the office of Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of the DENR in Albuera, Leyte, donated an additional 140 wooden chairs to the New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS) today, June 11.
The club gave 50 seats to section Courtesy, another 50 to section Decisiveness and the remaining 40 to an unnamed section. With club members was Rotary District 3860 governor Peter “Perok” Rodriguez, who is also from Ormoc and a member of the RCOB’s mother club.
As of press time, the Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay has already donated 300 chairs to the same high school, the biggest in the city, under its iShare a Chair project. Still, a number of children still have to be accommodated. When classes started this June, they were told to “bring your own chairs” as teachers coped with the influx of Grade 7 students. The school has always suffered from the lack of chairs for years now.
Today’s donation caps the term of outgoing club president Stephanie “Twinkle” Chu who will be graduating from her one year term on the evening to give the reins to incoming president Atty. Luz Alsay-Escalon.
The iShare a Chair project was conceptualized last June, when Chu went to the NOCNHS to check whether she can have her induction ceremony there. Inside the school compound is a school for the deaf that the club had “adopted” as a continuing project for years now. Chu wanted to depart from the usual gown and tuxedo affair of Rotary inductions and thought it was a nice start to her term, by treating the hearing-impaired children to a party.
At the school for the deaf, her husband Warren wanders into a classroom where the students squatted on the floor. He asked what activity the kids were doing and was floored to find out they were squatting because they had no chairs.
The startling discovery turned out to be serendipitous. The next day, on a visit to CENRO for a personal business, the sight of confiscated lumber greeted Mr. Chu. Asking what happens to the lumber, he was told it usually is donated to government entities.
Asking if the club could get it for chairs, he was told that it could be done, if a government official like Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez would request it. Wasting no time, the excited Mr. Chu calls Lucy up for it and immediately got her nod. “iShare a Chair” was then born.
The club also did various fund-raisers to fund the chairs’ construction.
Mr. Chu and incoming president Atty. Escalon, in turning over the chairs to the students, urged them to keep it in good order so that students who come after them can still use it. By Lalaine M. Jimenea